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Graphic Design for Olivetti Flickr set via @bruces/ @geetadayal
  • I handed the telephone to the applicant, and sat down. Then followed that queerest of all the queer things in this world,—a conversation with only one end to it. You hear questions asked; you don't hear the answer. You hear invitations given; you hear no thanks in return. You have listening pauses of dead silence, followed by apparently irrelevant and unjustifiable exclamations of glad surprise, or sorrow, or dismay. You can't make head or tail of the talk, because you never hear anything that the person at the other end of the wire says. - Mark Twain writes about the telephone in the June 1880 Atlantic Magazine (via Kottke)
  • Jon Rafman and Mr. Doob on this year's Creativity 50 list.
  • Speculative Realism blog name generator e.g. "Hyperchaotic Nominalism." (Voyou)
  • Review of Stan VanDerBeek show at MIT List Gallery (Frieze)
  • Because Artaud repeatedly proclaimed himself a poet and a madman, his practice — his singular performativity of ideas — has been easily incorporated into our histories of high modernism. But Weil — a young woman, clumsy, cerebral, thin, and poorly dressed — wrote no manifestoes. Consequently, her work remains as vulnerable in death as it was in life. Chris Kraus writes about Simone Weil for LA Review of Books
  • The Journey Into the Past, Present and Future of African Animation (African Digital Art)
  • Cao Fei on Art21
  • Kevin Kelly writes about Internet Archive's book preservation initiative, which includes a physical archive, We are in a special moment that will not last beyond the end of this century: Paper books are plentiful. They are cheap and everywhere, from airports to drug stores to libraries to bookstores to the shelves of millions of homes. There has never been a better time to be ...
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    Paprika film still (via Rafaël Rozendaal)
  • Internet acronym of the moment: LDL ("let's discuss live.") Virginia Heffernan for NYT: there’s a widespread apprehension that the Web is no longer a safe place to spill them. Also: The Atlantic points out email is far less protected than the letters you send or the phone calls you make.
  • YouTube for the remixing — users allowed to tag videos with a commercial reuse Creative Commons license. C-SPAN, Public.Resource.org, Voice of America, Al Jazeera and other Creative Commons videos are available to use on YouTube Video Editor
  • How to livestream a tortoise. This is a serious question: Does a tortoise move fast enough that you need a 30 FPS camera? (Ask Metafilter)
  • Gary Panter in Paris, interviewed by French Vogue
  • I want to develop an image of the world, the real background, in order to be able to unfold my unreality before it, From Robert Musil’s Diaries, 1919 (Waggish)
  • One of the ways he initially dealt with the grief was playing as her character in Entropia, but Mindark has a one-person-one-avatar rule and he was asked to stop, Virtual world mourning, (Infocult)
  • Maciej Ceglowski (Pinboard) on link rot: Links appear to die at a steady rate (they don't have a half life), and you can expect to lose about a quarter of them every seven years.
  • In Brooklyn, check out the dozens of musicians playing free in a two day John Cage Musicircus performance at Roulette June 4th and 5th.
  • Writers and their typewriters (Dangerous Minds)
  • Open Source Game Clones
  • She was an Irish revolutionary and a writer, an occultist and a mother. She wore hats with birds’ wings on them. Of the couple, she had most of the charisma, and her letters and memoirs have become a favorite ...
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    Leonora Carrington photographed by Kati Horna

    Links for your weekend:

  • I didn't have time to be anyone's muse... I was too busy rebelling against my family and learning to be an artist. Leonora Carrington Is Dead at 94. (NYT)
  • Chris Marker Day on Dennis Cooper's blog. Also, Gorgomancy
  • Chris Collins writes an epilogue to his story of Ron Tye, Luzy, and tyepilot.com (AFC)
  • Jia Zhang's Platform and The World reviewed on Notcoming
  • On the misuse of Occam’s Razor The important part of the sentence is not about simplicity, but about selecting a hypothesis. When you’re trying to figure out which explanation for something you’ve observed is correct, the best approach is to test the hypothesis that you can eliminate most quickly.
  • Zanran - A Search Engine for Graphs
  • An algorithm that depixelizes 8-bit pixel art into "lush vector graphics."
  • Björk interviews Arvo Pärt
  • Ballet depends on the power of a woman’s body but rarely celebrates it. If anything, ballet encourages women to torture their bodies, rewarding their ability to be strong while appearing physically vulnerable. What choreographer Karole Armitage and her Armitage Gone! Dance company offer is not precisely a refutation of this rule, but its counterpoint. The Punk Ballerina (The Paris Review)
  • ASCIImeo takes Vimeo video and plays them as ASCII art. (via Kottke)
  • When Man First Met Troll (The Atlantic)
  • Videos from NYU GAME Center lecture series including talks by Erik Wolpaw, Richard Garfield, Kellee Santiago, and McKenzie Wark.
  • Also: MIT GAMBIT Lab Videogames 101 Event Lectures
  • Simon Reynolds essay on Ariel Pink: What resulted seemed to be a semi-conscious attempt to recreate the primal scene of the child falling in love with pop for the first time with an ear cupped to an imperfectly-tuned transistor. This illusion was created ...
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    Alejandro Almanza Pereda, I was adored once too, (2010.) via VVORK

    Links for your weekend:

  • Sadly, Raquel Meyers won't be at this weekend's Blip Festival in New York (Wired reports due to passport issues), but her music videos are worth checking out.
  • Notes from Duncan Malashock's talk at NURTUREart Gallery for the Soft Power show. Malashock explains his early computer art experiences with SuperPaint, NUDE.BAS, HyperCard, and Myst: The graphics were made with 3D software, but the interactive game itself was created using HyperCard. Imagine my encouragement when I found that out and took a look at the code for myself, since I admired the creators of the game for their ability to evoke a mood and tell a story with very few words or human characters
  • Vincenzo Natali is set to direct William Gibson's "Neuromancer." Natali is currently working on a film based on JG Ballard's High Rise.
  • Brody Condon's Neuromancer.
  • Minecraft Ghibli World, a tribute to Hayao Miyazaki (Metafilter.) And Minecraft Acid Trip Shader Mod.
  • Frieze Art Fair is coming to New York.
  • Neon Boneyard, where Vegas lights go to die.
  • A Brief History of Timezones
  • I have to ask myself what I expect from painting: should it be subservient to my ideas or a queen that I have to serve? - Neo Rauch in an interview with The Art Newspaper
  • Brazil no longer, as Julian Dibbell puts it, the "Great Southern Hope" for copyright reform. (compare and contrast with Dibbell's 2004 Wired story)
  • Motherboard visits Babycastles (Previously on Rhizome)
  • Bunch of great sci-fi writers list their favorite sci-fi writing. Brian Aldiss on Olaf Stapledon, William Gibson on Alfred Bester, Christopher Priest on JG Ballard, etc.
  • Performances In Front of Sol Lewitt (via Tom Moody)
  • Notations 21, a compendium and anthology ...
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    Links for your weekend:

  • Sarah Morris sued by origami artists for copyright infringement concerning crease patterns (Tech Dirt, Joy Garnett)
  • Play Hunt the Wumpus (1973) with a JavaScript PDP-11 emulator
  • Dziga Vertov's Storyboard for Man with a Movie Camera
  • Upcoming Jonathan Lethem book of essays "The Ecstasy of Influence" (The 2007 Harper's essay with the same title, LA Times interview)
  • I found early on that I wasn't even watching the foreground dancers despite the very advanced and edgey dancing they are doing. When an artist has her audience transfixed by the background, she's truly gifted. (Fatova Mingus, This is Not Swan Lake on Marie Chouinard's Body Remix-Goldberg Variations)
  • Time Spent Alone (via tinkerkid)
  • Tumblrr, superimposes Tumblr images as a single image
  • It’s about time people started rendering unto Liquid Sky. Its long lipstick trace is smudged through much of indie cinema. The sights we see in Liquid Sky are riding the wave of genius punk sensibility from the late 70s, but by '83 are in full morph into the weird, technological forms we love. The broad bell-bottom analog curves of the 70's had given way to neon grids and skinny ties, and it was great. (Metafilter)
  • Frank Chimero's new blog The Mavenist
  • Protect your privacy shades (Forbes)
  • SSION at MoMA PopRally
  • Beautiful paintings activate the brain like love. (via Jen Bekman)
  • openpaths.cc an iPhone/iPad location data visualize tool (more)
  • Daphne Oram's Oramics Machine at London’s Science Museum
  • Also in London: Great list of speakers for The Piracy Project lecture series
  • Marina Zurkow interview in BOMB
  • BBC podcast on Robert Burton's The Anatomy of Melancholy (via Morbid Anatomy)
  • Four Films from Kamran Shirdel, (Bidoun and UbuWeb)
  • Museum of Arts and Design retrospective David Bowie, Artist and David Bowie ...
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